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Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice by Mark J. Plotkin

Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice

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Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice by Mark J. Plotkin
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Aug 01, 1994 | ISBN 9780140129915

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Praise for Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice:

“Colorful and intriguing . . . Gives us a clear sense of how field scientists work and make the discoveries upon which modern medicine depends.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Fascinating . . . [Plotkin] expresses a very proper awe for the charismatic and mysterious powers of the shamans . . . He has a gift for evoking a sense of place, and the characters he meets come alive on the page.”
Los Angeles Times

“Intriguing, engaging, exciting, and disturbing—a rare accomplishment in a botanical work . . . In their richness and diversity, these pages recall Amazonia itself.”
American Horticulturist

 “Thrilling . . . A first-rate travel and adventure tale in which scientific lore, passionate advocacy of conservation and literary gifts are combined.”
Publishers Weekly

“Plotkin’s tales permit the reader who has never ventured into any rain forest . . . to experience almost firsthand the hazards, as well as the pleasures, of studies with witch doctors. His accounts of hacking his way through lianas thick and thin, of being soaked in sweat and rain, of avoiding large crocodilians, and of being bitten by vampire bats, are the stuff of adventure movies.”
Natural History magazine

“This is a lot more than ethnobotany—it’s an adventure story. . . . Plotkin is not just some fashionable rain forest Angst meister; he’s been there and knows whereof he speaks.”
Men’s Journal

“A compelling, insightful narrative that whisks the reader into a time and place where plants, animals, and indigenous societies coexist . . . A skillful blend of travel adventure, botanical and cultural history, and Amazonian research.”
Library Journal

“Plotkin reminds us often of the intimate connections we still have with the rainforest. . . . This book will help save the forest and hopefully the children of the forest, as it reminds us why we should become involved.”

Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice combines high adventure, scientific insight, and a treasure trove of fascinating information.”
Zoogoer magazine

Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice teaches a great deal, while reading like a marvelously exotic travelogue. Most importantly, it re-excites our sense of wonder.”
—Juliet Wittman, editor of Discovery

Table Of Contents

Tales of a Shaman’s ApprenticeForeword
Chapter 1: Through the Emerald Door
Chapter 2: The Search for the Black Caiman
Chapter 3: Among the Maroons
Chapter 4: Under the Double Rainbow
Chapter 5: A Recipe for Poison
Chapter 6: Across the Savannas of the Sipaliwini
Chapter 7: Witch Doctor of the Wayanas
Chapter 8: The Semen of the Sun
Chapter 9: Return to Kwamala

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